A happy, successful and satisfying life involves behaving according to a your own set of ethics, standards, or values. Values are the core beliefs upon which you operate your life. You may be aware of your core beliefs. You may not. In my experience, Ive noticed that the vast majority of people do not have any idea what their top values are.
Remember – You Are a Worthy Individual
To get the most from your life, you must believe at your core that you are a worthy individual worthy of love, worthy of respect, worthy of making mistakes to learn from, worthy of friendship, worthy of quality friends, worthy of appropriate boundaries, worthy of taking time to refill and renew yourself, worthy of a flourishing and fulfilling life.
Our values are the stars by which we navigate through life. Henry David Thoreau wrote, ‘The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.’
It Is Easy to Lose Track of Values In A Busy World
Ours is much too busy and noisy a world. Our lives take on a frenetic pace and people lose track of the values that give life meaning and purpose.
Everyone says they are for values individuals, schools and corporations. All are quick to claim lofty ideals. The problem is their actions are not in keeping with their words, particularly at times of high emotion. Thus, we have schools that talk about treating children with compassion while verbally flagellating them in the classrooms. We have parents that profess to love their children yet rage at them behind closed doors. We have businesses that say they value their customers yet treat them as if they were unintelligent nuisances.
Ignore Values at Your Peril
People unaware of their values are more likely to be uncaring, conforming, inconsistent, and self-conflicted.
The less we know of our values, the less success and happiness we enjoy.
Clarify Your Values, Enjoy Success
The more we understand our values, the better able we are to make right choices which lead to right action even in the heat of strong emotions. This leads to integrity, happiness and prosperity.
Clarity of values leads to decisive acts of courage which are becoming exceedingly rare in this world. Dont be driven by the whims of your emotions. Be character driven. Be value driven.
John Schinnerer, Ph.D.
Founder Guide to Self, Inc.
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